There are several charging ports in the electronics market that are still not unified. So we have the modern USB-C, which is offered by most modern smartphones, but also other products. However, we can still find the older microUSB or a different connector.
As far as Apple devices are concerned, the Californian tech giant still uses the well-known Lightningfor iPhones. However, the days of having different connectors on different devices are probably over. As the EU commission approved today, we’ll only have USB-C from 2024.
One connector for all
There has been loud talk in the European Union for some time now that in the future electronics will have a single connector for charging, which should at least make life easier for consumers. It’s no secret, then, that that single connector was to become USB-C. The speculation has now been confirmed, with the EU commission approving the proposal. The year 2024 has been set as the cut-off date by which devices must offer the said port.
And what does this actually mean? All smartphones, tablets and cameras must offer a USB-C connector for charging from 2024. This fact has fueled speculation about the upcoming iPhone 15, which is reported to finally offer the port. The European Parliament has also stated that products such as handheld gaming consoles, headphones or speakers that will be charged using a cable must also have USB-C. As for laptops, they will have to allow charging via USB-C from spring 2026.